The Supergroup was devised to cater for clients looking to be pushed more both physically and mentally and ski more varied off-piste terrain. Perfectly suited for very experienced skiers and Academy regulars who have engrained solid foundations and are looking for the next challenge and a more extreme push in their skiing.
The other main characteristic of the Supergroups are that the majority of time will be spent off the piste, pretty much from the offset of day one. All skiers in this group will be skiing with full avalanche kit and protective clothing and need to be confident getting stuck into off-piste terrain from the off.
The course is designed to build and develop skill and confidence in all off-piste terrain. Piste performance skiing relevant to improving in off-piste terrain will also be covered where useful, such as the development of carving to an expert level on piste, jump turns, short turns and numerous other essential skills for skiing and managing off-piste terrain. Skiers will use these skills to increase performance off piste and aim towards making controlled but higher speed turns off piste. Skiing narrow, steep couloirs is also one of the main objectives of this group aiming towards 45 degree slopes. Mastering zip line moguls in control and skiing in the trees will also be covered.
The course is suitable for Academy levels 4-6 on our rating scale. The course has been designed for skiers who have attended Academy courses before and therefore have the foundation, technical skills and knowledge in preparation for the Supergroup. If you have not skied with us before but feel your level is appropriate please get in touch to make sure before booking and we’ll give you an honest answer.
You can have a look at the video levels by clicking here. The confidence to get straight into off-piste terrain is paramount to being able to be on the Supergroup so please consider this psychological level in addition to your technical level.
Due to the nature of the course, it is compulsory for skiers to wear a helmet and have a transceiver, shovel & probe. Equipment is available to rent at our partner ski shop “Ski Service” in Verbier. You can contact them in advance to make sure they have equipment available for you to pick up on your arrival.
The 3* Hotel La Rotonde is ideally located in the central square and only 5 minutes from the Medran ski lifts, offering 27 rooms each with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel has a cosy lounge area, a breakfast room and ski storage room. A friendly Alpine atmosphere awaits you upon your arrival.
If you’d like to see more info, pricing and booking information you can view the Hotel Rotonde accommodation page on our site here.
If you’re looking to fly to Verbier, Geneva is the closest commercial airport with numerous flights available from all major airlines. Once you get to Geneva airport you can get to Verbier by Train (www.sbb.ch) or if preferred there are numerous transfer companies that offer the route such as Alpybus or Alpine express.
If you’re looking to get to resort in a more environmentally friendly way or just don’t like flying; the train journey from London is really straightforward and a pleasure to experience. You can use https://www.thetrainline.com to find prices and look at the journey simply choose London-Lausanne or London-Geneva and your dates. For the leg in Switzerland the info and Swiss website above will provide that information but that will be a very small portion of the journey.
If you book early or have quite a lot of ski kit to bring out the train choice can often be the more cost effective choice too!
For full details on travel plans to Verbier use the Verbier Tourism website and click on the ‘Access’ tab. Another excellent website for finding information on Verbier is www.verbinet.com. If you click on the ‘Travel/Transport’ tab you will find every solution.
If you need to rent skis, boots or avi equipment or wish to pre-order your lift pass our partners at Ski Service Verbier are offering all Academy course participants a special discount that you can use towards any type of rental this season and discounts on your lift pass too! Their team is also available to advise you on any queries you may have regarding skis and boots. With regard to which lift pass to get – you’ll need a 4 Valley Liftpass to cover the entire area. To obtain this discount please pre-book online by clicking here.
Once again, a fantastic week with the Academy, this time in the supergroup. Coaches helped improve everyone during the week with simple, insightful observations and instruction, dealt out with good humour and a genuine passion. Cannot recommend the academy courses and supergroup courses enough! Thanks for another incredible week and see you again next year!
The whole Warren Smith Academy experience was outstanding I am absolutely overwhelmed and very happy to be a part of it My whole group were awesome, instructor couldn’t be better! Was a blast thank you to the Warren Smith Ski Academy
Came wanting to improve my off-piste skiing ability and awareness. Could not have hoped for better experience. Have had individual lessons before but honestly this is a much better formula. Great feedback, insightful analysis, and right amount of skiing as a group, which made the week perfect. Scenery was stunning too. Verbier is an amazing resort. Perfect ski course and holiday for those that genuinely want to get better. Thanks.
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